A rehab clinic in hammersmith

Drug and alcohol rehab in Hammersmith and Fulham, London

The first step to recovery is choosing the best rehab facility that will benefit you; this can be demanding, especially given the number of options accessible within Hammersmith and Fulham. To help you make your choice, we have produced a rehab guide for addiction, so you can understand the different options available for your detox and treatment needs.

What is rehab?

Rehab helps anyone who is suffering from addiction eliminate their reliance on addictive substances through a process of detox and holistic therapy, with the support of medical professionals. Our medical specialists apply the knowledge they have obtained through qualifications and their personal experiences to help you throughout your journey to sobriety. In addition to receiving help from our medical professionals, you will get endless support from therapists via group and private therapy sessions and from those in group therapy that have the same aim recovery goals.

A man and woman talking to a counsellor

Aftercare programme are another integral part of rehab, supplying constant support even after your treatment is completed. Every clinic varies regarding their benefits, however, UKAT will grant you access to our Alumni community.

Is rehab free?

Free rehab is an accessible and practical option for many people. The NHS funds a free treatment option that is accessed through self-referral and has a range of treatments varying from outpatient care, group counselling and detox programmes.

Another free treatment option is looking into charities such as Turning Point, that are available as a service. However, they have a limited number of spaces for residential care.

Free addiction treatment services in Hammersmith and Fulham

Hammersmith and Fulham have multiple options for free treatments, here is a list to help you begin your search:

AA meeting Hammersmith

Holy Trinity Church, Parish Centre, Brook Green W6 7BL

Turning Point

The New Coach House, 370-376 Uxbridge Rd, London W12 7LL
Contact number: 020 8740 6815
Web Address: https://www.turning-point.co.uk/wellbeing-cloud

The downside to free services

When looking into free rehab services you must also be aware factors that can cause the services to become unreliable. Unfortunately, despite addiction being at an all-time high within the UK, government funding is lacking. This contributes to severely low numbers of residential (inpatient) spaces being available, leaving outpatient care as the only practical option. Their slow pace in taking new patients can also be damaging to anyone who’s health is at risk.

With UKAT however, you will receive prompt and accommodating care. Full-board lodging, specialist programmes and aftercare community projects are also included.

Types of addiction treatment and rehab programmes in Hammersmith and Fulham

Each wide range of addiction treatments and rehab programmes available have their advantages and are conveniently local to Hammersmith and Fulham. Examples of treatments include outpatient programmes (commonly known as day rehab), which is treated through the NHS, or inpatient rehab which is mainly found within private treatment centres.

Outpatient Addiction Treatment (Day Rehab)

Outpatient addiction treatment (day rehab) is visiting a clinic for a scheduled appointment. This means that during your treatment you will continue to stay at home.

  • Flexibility – especially for those with children
  • You can remain at home and continue your regular routine
  • Private care is more expensive
  • Not ideal for those with severe addiction
  • People may be referred to a clinic far from home
  • Recovery may be affected by life distractions
  • Takes longer to complete
  • Does not guarantee a safe space to stay during detox
  • Does not guarantee a dedicated therapist
  • Not able to share the experience with like-minded residents

Inpatient Rehab

Inpatient addiction treatment (residential rehab) is the process of staying on a rehabilitation premise as you are receiving treatment. Private rehab gives you the extra benefit of getting plenty of care and support as you slowly head towards sobriety.

How does residential (inpatient) rehab work?

Making your choice for the right rehab facility and allowing them to begin to help you is not easy, but you will be given never-ending support here at UKAT.


Free treatment admissions only start after a consultation with your GP. If they consider your situation urgent then they will then refer you to a specialist, which would mean waiting up to weeks to hear back for an appointment.

UKAT, however, will take your admission from the moment you call us and supply you with an on-suite facility within the first 24 hours. You will be welcomed by our licensed psychiatrist and together you will delve into your treatment options and they will readily answer questions you may have. Each centre authorises different belongings, yet here is an overall guide to what you can bring for treatment:

Advisory items to bring with you include:

  • Toiletries
  • Nightwear
  • Exercise gear
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Outdoor clothes
  • Medication
  • Umbrella
  • Pictures
  • Mobile phone
  • iPod or radio
  • Laptop

Take into account that you may be asked to limit your mobile phone and laptop use during your stay to heighten chances of recovery.

The following items are customarily not permitted:

  • Illicit alcohol/ drugs
  • Any form of weapon or dangerous object
  • Sharp objects such as knives, scissors, needles, and razor blades
  • Non-prescribed medication
  • Aerosols or perfume
  • Mouthwash with alcohol contents
Medical detox

When you have high levels of toxic substances in your bloodstream, then detox medication can be used to help your body slowly wean off them and reduce your discomfort. Despite it being a common practice, it is essential that it is done by medical professionals and in a secure environment. Medication can reduce withdrawal symptoms and stop your body going into shock as your body adapts to the decrease of the addictive substance. However, our medical professionals will only recommend medical detox in severe cases.

Rehab programme

Choosing the right rehab programme for you, that is also available within your local area of Hammersmith and Fulham, will give you that head start to live life substance-free. Here are a couple of examples of approaches you could use to tackle your addiction; a 12 step programme is sometimes preferred over a non 12 step programme, some people feel they benefit from interaction and group therapy, others wish to have one-to-one therapy, improving using the help of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Sometimes it takes the advice from a therapist to truly know what is right for you.

Choosing the right programme

How do you know a rehab programme is right for you? A good rehab should provide you with a mix of both private and group therapy, as well as embracing each person’s personal and religious beliefs. The number one aim should be for you to feel comfortable in the environment you’re temporary staying in.

Anyone who is struggling with any psychological problems should also feel safe and secure within their rehab programme. Our medical team at UKAT understand the importance of a dual-diagnosis for those with mental health disorders and know it is only the first step into helping you heal from your journey.

Remember to check a rehab’s Care Quality Commission’s ratings (how safe, effective, caring, responsive, and well-led the clinic is) by searching on their website. These ratings give you a much-needed personal insight into how right a facility is to you.

Be sure to check our centres’ CQC ratings which consist of ‘outstanding’ and ‘good’ ratings throughout.

Family support programmes

When watching a loved one suffering from substance abuse and addiction, it can be incredibly painful. It is just as important that the families of people suffering from addiction find a place to be able to communicate any worries and fears they may have. A reliable centre should supply family members with family workshops and sessions to alleviate their concerns. UKAT offers these sessions every week and will work to resolve any miscommunication and help build a strong family unit to work through the addiction together.

How long does rehab last?

The period of time spent in rehab differs for each person, depending on the severity of their addiction. The average amount of time spent in a rehab programme is anywhere between four to twelve weeks.

We highly recommend booking a treatment programme lasting eight weeks or longer, in able to greatly increase your recovery results. This length of time is just long enough to allow for optimal results within your treatment and to cement the friendships you make along your journey. Our admissions team found that the longer a person is treated with us, the more likely it was for them to remain in recovery after returning home, even after their treatment had ended.

The benefits of residential rehab

  • Removing you from any temptations and life distractions
  • On-hand medical specialists and support staff
  • Opportunity to meet and share experiences with like-minded residents
  • Luxurious and comfortable grounds to stay in during your detox
  • Schedule and meals set up for you, giving you time to focus on recovery
  • Immersive aftercare programme

What happens after rehab?

Finishing rehab is a nerve-racking and daunting time, as you leave the treatment centre and the security that comes with it. It is important for you to remember that even after you leave our facility, the encouragement we offer to help you stay on track will always be there.

Aftercare programmes

Aftercare programmes, such as group therapy, private therapy and support groups are also provided with many residential rehabs. At UKAT, we offer one-year free group therapy aftercare to everyone who needs to use it, as well as access to our UKAT Alumni community. This enables people in recovery to socialise through scheduled events and activities, giving you a chance to strengthen friendships made on your journey and build positive relationships.

Support groups

Support groups are another free form of aftercare found within Hammersmith and Fulham. They offer you a safe space to speak to people going through the same journey in a confidential setting. Examples of these groups include Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Cocaine Anonymous (CA) SMART Recovery.

Long term recovery from addiction

Rehab is not a quick fix after an extensive period of substance abuse. Long-term recovery from addiction will take time and constant support, especially as you navigate yourself back into a life full of variables that can tempt you into old habits. We are here to help you from the very start of your journey until you reach your end goal of sobriety, through communication, groups, aftercare support and high-quality care.

Frequently asked questions

Are rehabs open in London during the Coronavirus outbreak?
Rehabilitation centres are operating during the Coronavirus outbreak, as healthcare facilities are essential businesses. This includes private rehab clinics in London, provided they follow the safety regulations implemented by the government.

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Does free alcohol rehab in London exist?
There are a number of free clinics in London which can help you with alcohol or drug abuse. However, there are no inpatient options. Rehabilitation centres are not free, so for residential rehab your best option is to opt for private treatment.

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How do I pay for rehab?
A deposit will be accepted at the beginning of the process and full payment taken a few days later, once you have started your programme.

Many private rehabilitation companies, including UKAT, accept BUPA insurance. However, be sure to check with your insurance company that your claim is covered.

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Can I get funding through the NHS?
Although funding through the NHS is available, it can be a lengthy and emotional process and many applications are turned down.

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Can you force someone to go to rehab?
You cannot force someone to go into rehab; it must be their choice. However, you can organise an intervention if you are worried about someone. This involves sitting and talking to your loved one with the help of a professional, in the hope they will listen and follow your advice.

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Which drug addictions can be treated in rehab?
Addictions to any of the following drugs can be treated in a rehabilitation clinic: cocaine rehab, crack cocaine rehab, heroin rehab, cannabis rehab, ecstasy rehab and prescription drugs rehab, including benzodiazepines rehab and opiates rehab.

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How long should I go to rehab for?
The recommended duration of rehab depends on the severity of your addiction and you will be advised by a professional during your admissions process.

The longer the length of stay in rehab the higher the success rate for staying sober, as you spend more quality time in therapy and in a sober environment, away from temptation.

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Is rehab confidential?
If you seek treatment through the NHS, the referral will sit on your medical records. However, employers cannot access these records unless under specific circumstances. So, there is a limited chance of them finding out.

Private rehabilitation is completely confidential and does not sit on your medical records.

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Can I visit a loved one during rehab?
You can visit your loved one for an hour every Sunday at our private centres. However, to prevent the spread of Covid-19 you will not be permitted to visit loved ones during the lockdown.

Family support groups take place every week at each of our centres and anyone who has a close connection to the patient can join. Not all rehabilitation centres offer this option, so this needs to be checked on their website.

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